NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Titans tight end Delanie Walker heads into 2016 coming with plenty of reasons for optimism.
Walker is coming off of a career year and with the new contract he’s wanted for two years.
Last week, the Titans rewarded Walker with a 2-year extension reportedly worth almost $15 million.
At 31, he’s at an age when teams often turn the page for younger players, but Walker’s play continues to elevate and he kept the faith.
“I didn’t even think about it until you read tweets, ‘You know, he’s pretty old.’ I feel like I play at a high level. Most of the time people don’t even know how old I am until they look it up, so, that wasn’t something I was concerned about,” Walker explained.
Despite the Titans’ struggles the last two years, Walker has excelled leading the team with 1,088 yards receiving last season and 6 touchdowns.
This is the second time the Titans have given Walker a big money deal and he’s looking to prove he’s a good investment one more time.
“They gave me the opportunity when I first game in free agency and believed I can be a starting tight end. I had my best years here; I felt like I might as well stay here.”
In 2016, Walker is not expected to put up the same prolific numbers. The team has added weapons in receiver Rishard Matthews and running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, and that has Walker expecting to catch fewer balls, block more often, and, he hopes, win more games.
He’ll be 34 when this deal is done and he says he’s not approaching it as his last. “Not at all”.